Tag: Pilot Eject

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Boost, Sell, Liftoff

Bumfuzzlers! Got some updates including the impending Wipe Boost, big updates to the store and also quests, resource spawn counts, elevators and more! Read on!

Wipe Boost (Modtopia)

Tonight, Sunday 12/2, around 7pm EST, for the first time we’re going to enable ‘Wipe Boost’ for the last week of the wipe cycle! I’m hoping it’s intense! Here’s what changes for the Wipe Boost week:

  • Players will have access to 2 kits (/kit) designed for raiders and builders. The raider’s kit will give players offensive items they can use to raid and the builders will get defensive items they can use to defend. I’m hoping it will create some last minute battles!
  • Base building limits will be disabled. Currently players are limited to bases up to 2,500 building blocks. That will be turned off until the wipe! Build big! 🙂

Here’s what will be in the kits:

Builder Kit

  • 60,000 Wood
  • 50,000 Stone
  • 40,000 Metal Frags
  • 30,000 High Quality Metal
  • 8 AutoTurrets
  • 16 Shotgun Traps
  • 25 Bear Traps
  • 25 Land Mines
  • 5 Supply Signals
  • 2,000 5.56 Rifle Ammo
  • 2,000 Handmade Shell

Raider Kit

  • 50 Rockets
  • 10 Smoke (Lock-on) Rockets
  • 25 Timed Explosives
  • 50 Satchel Charges
  • 1 Rocket Launcher
  • 5 Supply Signals
  • 3 Smoke Grenades
  • 10 Medical Syringes
  • 1 Binoculars
  • 10 Ladders

Each kit will have a cool down of 12 hours. 24 hours might be more reasonable, but we’ll see. To use the kits just type /kit and locate the kit you’d like to receive!

These kits will be available right up until the wipe, but then on Thursday 12/6 (wipe day) things will go back to normal.

Cargo Ship

For both Vanillatopia and Modtopia, I’ve adjusted the duration of the Cargo Ship from 50 to 60 minutes. This should give you all a little more time to get aboard.

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Pilot Eject (Vanillatopia)

On Vanillatopia we run the Pilot Eject plugin where every so often a damaged SuperHeli spawns, crashes and leaves a wounded pilot near the wreckage. Unfortunately it seems like the pilot’s despawn time was somewhat low. I’ve now upped the time he’ll hang around from 5 to 10 minutes.

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Population (Vanillatopia)

I’ve done some tweaking to the resource population on Vanillatopia to make sure it’s easier to harvest the goodness.

Here’s what was changed:

  • All Ores were raised by 33%
  • Mushrooms were raised by 33%
  • Hemp was raised by 33%
  • Collectible Stone was raised by 33%

Thanks holydiver for the feedback.

Store (Modtopia)

I’ve made a significant amount of changes to the in-game store (/s) over at Modtopia and I’ll be making more in the days and weeks to come.

Here’s a list of changes:

  • The exchange rate between economics and RP has been changed to be one to one. This means converting $50 to RP will give you 50 RP. This makes it much simpler to understand when buying and selling (more on that below). I’ve updated everyone’s RP to reflect the new exchange rate so you shouldn’t lose anything. If you suspect you did, let me know.

Here’s how the exchange screen looks now:

  • You can now sell weapons, both the garden variety and the special Skin Perk weapons. You won’t get full price for the sale, but you didn’t get anything before so… lol Right now I have the items set to give you half the buying price.

Here’s how the sell screens look:

Note that you must have the item you want to sell in your main inventory, not your hot bar. If it’s in your hot bar it won’t show up when you try to sell the item. Also note the numbers on the side like +10 and +100 is there to help you choose the amount of the item you want to sell.  They’ll be used more in the future if I make resources sell-able.

  • Last week I enabled the command /transfer <name> <amount> to allow players to transfer money to one another. You still have that option, but now I’ve enabled this functionality via the store. To use it, just open the store, click the Transfer tab, choose the name of the player you’d like to transfer to and boom! 🙂

Here’s how the transfer screens look:

Thanks MADSWORDGAMING for your feedback.

  • I’ve updated all the items in the store to match the new exchange rate. This means items that were 2 RP will now be 100 RP.
  • I’ve added the Custom SMG Skin Perks to the store which were mysteriously missing. Now you can find the following models for purchase:
    • Peacemaker 1.25x damage
    • Army Greaser 1.5x damage
    • Striped Shark 2.x damage
  • I’ve raised the cost of the Double Barrel Shotgun 2.x damage (Fire). It was lower than it should be.
  • I’ve lowered the quantity of the F1 Grenade to 1 and changed prices for 1.25x, 1.5x and 2.x variations. They were too cheap.
  • The Meteor Shower cost was raised.

I’m going to be adding more items for sale starting with Tools and Clothes with a focus on Skin Perks, but it’s a painfully slow and arduous task so it’ll take me some time.

Elevators

Previously, building an elevator meant that the top floor of the elevator was the top floor of your base. This is because you couldn’t build above the elevator. That’s now a thing of the past! Now you can completely encapsulate the elevator inside your base and no one will have a clue it’s there!

Quest Adjustments (Modtopia)

I’ve gone ahead and upped the requirements for gather quests, but then I’ve also upped the rewards.

The following quests were adjusted:

  • Lumberjack: Gather 100k wood, get 50k wood (was 20k)
  • Stoner: Gather 70k stone, get 35k stone (was 10k)
  • Frag Shagger: Gather 50k metal ore, get 25k metal ore (was 5k)
  • Yellow Ore: Gather 50k sulfur ore, get 25k sulfur ore (was 3k)
  • Heavy Metal: Gather 20k high quality metal ore, get 10k high quality metal ore (was 2.5k) [NOW FIXED]

Thanks CannonFodder and Rumguzzler for your feedback and testing.

PS – I was hoping to find time to add quests to Vanillatopia, but I simply couldn’t find the time. Maybe soon.

Server Restarts

For a while I had the Modtopia server restarting at 4pm and 4am EST, but since the performance has been good, I’ve removed the 4pm EST restart. Now the server will only restart at 4am EST each day. Vanillatopia was restarting at 12pm EST, but now I’ve made it so it restarts at the same time as Modtopia, 4am  EST.

I found that the multiple restarts were interrupting players game time. If it’s not needed what’s the point? Let me know if you find the performance to be an issue with either server.

Hope you Bumfuzzlers enjoy the Wipe Boost and the other changes! Don’t forget the wipe is coming up on Thursday! I’m curious what we’ll get in this next patch. I don’t expect the electrical systems to be ready, but ya never know! Have fun out there!

 

Showers, Perks, Discord

Showers, Perks, Discord

More tweaks to Modtopia Bumfuzzlers! More tweaks! I’m trying to my best to bring things back in line based on your feedback and also with the 1 week wipe cycle. I believe this will happen naturally with gradual changes over the next few wipes. Please provide me with extra feedback during this time. Nothing is written in stone. I’m just doing my best to make things work better. Here we go!

In-Game Store

I think the Skin Perks sold in the store /s were just too cheap. These items are truly powerful! Gaining access to a 2 x damage Bolty or a 2 x gather rate axe, for instance, should be somewhat challenging. With that, I upped all Skin Perk items by 2 RP or $100.

Also with the recent changes to the supply drops I decided to raise the cost of a supply signal 3 RP or $150. The supply drops now have ammo and good weapons along with the Skin Perks and give you multiple quality items so it shouldn’t be that easy to get. Keep in mind you can still /vote for daily signals and there’s also a /kit you can use every 48 hours.

Supply Drops

I’ve made a couple more changes with supply drops.

  • Supply Signals now cooldown for 15 seconds. I’m hoping to allow ‘x’ number of drops within a time frame, but for now I need to prevent server lag just in case someone wants to spam them.
  • I’ve added Blueberries and Blackberries for those of you who are starving. Thanks MrNiceGuy 🙂
  • I’ve weakened the supply signals barely and strengthened the timed airdrops slightly. I want to entice players to go after the automated drops more. The difference is more C4, more weapons and more ammo.

Robbery

I’ve changed the settings for robbery in that now you are unable to rob money from friends and clan mates. A few people have accidentally stolen funds from one another.

Btw, it appears that the money stolen from players is random so there isn’t a set number you can expect. You might get a little, you might get a lot. I’ve heard of situations where players stole 60% of the other person’s  money. Others players got just a tiny bit. The amount is random.

Auto Code Lock

I’ve noticed some players are concerned with the auto code lock – a plugin which automatically sets your combination to code locks the minute you place a code lock. They’re worried that the code used might be something other players would have too. This is surely not the case.

When you place a code lock, the server generates a unique code for you that stays with you unless you change it using /codelock. Every player gets their own unique code. Of course the purpose of the plugin, which I personally love, is to save you the time of entering the same code over and over. That’s a clear waste of time.

To combat this fear, I’ve changed the message you see when you place a code lock to this:

CodeLock secured and locked with your unique personal code: <CODE>. Use /codelock to change it.

This should make it more clear.

Meteor Showers

A few weeks back I recognized that meteor showers were giving quite a bit of resources. At the same time, I figure due to the potential danger involved, maybe that’s ok. In turn, I’ve made a couple of changes to create a much wider range of reward so sometimes the shower might be amazing, but other times just so so. You can also expect to gain raw materials from the showers too. No more refined High Quality Metal and Metal Fragments! You can at least cook the dang resources! 🙂

I’ve changed the items and ranges to the following for the 3 types of showers:

  • extreme meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore, high quality metal ore and sulfur ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,500
  • mild meteor shower
    • drops stones and metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 75 – 1,250
  • optimal meteor shower
    • drops stones, metal ore and high quality metal ore
    • each item amount ranges from 100 – 2,000

Broken SuperHeli

It’s a great event when the SuperHeli blows a gasket and goes down, leaving the pilot to eject with his loot waiting for the lucky, wandering Bumfuzzler. However, sometimes it comes way too often. I’ve now set it so that it won’t spawn until the regular SuperHeli spawns for a few times first. This way it’ll be more valuable.

Death Notes

I’ve made an update to Death Notes so when deaths happen, the messages are far more interesting and realistic. Here are a couple examples:

  • <playername> shot a Wolf using their Thompson over a distance of 1.1 meters.
  • <playername> fought off a Gas Station Attendant.
  • <playername> did not want to be a part of the Scientist’s experiments.
  • A Scientist shot down <playername>.
  • <playername> killed <playername> using their Salvaged Icepick.
  • <playername> inflamed <playername> with their Incendiary Rocket.
  • <playername>’s Auto Turret did its job and killed <playername>.

Violence with style! 🙂 I’ll continue to work the kinks out of these.

Discord Additions

I’m going to try to work on Discord a little more than I have in the past, but for now I’m starting off slow. I urge all you Bumfuzzlers to join and hang out there as it’s a fun tool to use in order to share more than just Rust experiences. Lots of you have grown to know each other fairly well over the time you’ve played here so it’s a great way to extend those friendships.

So far, I’ve added two bots to Discord:

  • Mee6 bot added
    • Provides auto moderation, automated messages, member levels based on participation and more.
  • Septapus bot added
    • Makes comics and charts from Discord chat and has been known to post large emojis lol

I’m also going to be posting live updates on Discord when they actually happen. That way you can be updated immediately on changes instead of waiting until I post on the website which usually takes place after a bunch of changes. For instance, the changes in this post took place over a couple of days and I don’t post all changes I make.

You can join the Discord server with this invite link – https://discord.gg/37uNKRX

So, some tweaks, but also some additions, some awesome things to come! Don’t forget Thursday is a wipe! I’ll be traveling so hopefully it all goes smooth from the hotel! Have fun Bumfuzzlers!

Early Access, Boss, Flips

Early Access, Boss, Flips

Big things going on with Rust and the server! I’ve got some updates on quarries, cars, plane crashing, the superheli and Rust leaving early access! Check this out for what you Bumfuzzlers need to know including a Valentine’s Day event preview!

Boss of Hearts

Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up and the server wants you to be its valentine 🙂 I’ve placed a February preview on one of the islands, but be careful. It’s called the Heart house and it’s home to the Boss of Hearts! She’s a little more of a brute than the other NPCs on the server. Get close enough to the Heart House and you’ll get yourself a hearty (get it? lol) kit haha Go at it and have some fun. I’ll be working on it a little more as I have time!

SuperHeli <3

I made a few small changes to the helicopter refuel event as it appeared to be somewhat easy for players. All you had to do was kill a few easy NPCs and then the SuperHeli sat there like a sitting duck waiting to be destroyed. I’ve made the following changes:

  • Max time it will decide to refuel was lowed to 500 from 600
  • Min time it will decide to refuel was lowered to 200 from 300
  • Time to refuel is now 120 lowered from 180
  • NPC Spawn Radius is now 5m instead of 4m

Hopefully it will give people less time to take out the NPCs and the SuperHeli which will make it slightly more challenging. I was going to enable the guns on it while refueling, but after testing it was too over powered. Thanks to Orion for his feedback and testing on the event.

Also, after speaking with the plugin author of HeliControl, it appears that the reason sometimes it appears the SuperHeli spawns so often is due to the fact that it spawns based on a timer and that timer doesn’t use the death of the last SuperHeli to determine the next spawn.

This means if the Superheli spawned at 4pm and is set to spawn every two hours and the pilot ejection event happens 4:20pm and then the refuel event happens at 4:59pm, the SuperHeli may still spawn at 5pm as it isn’t aware of the other events. The plugin author is going to detect the time of the last SuperHeli death and change the spawning to work based on that last death. I can’t promise when that will happen. In turn, expect sometimes the SuperHeli may haunt you.

Quarry Loot Fix

I believed the Quarries were set to output 5 times the normal amount, but the setting I used actually meant that it would spit out 5 of whatever item every 30-60 seconds. This made for some very slow earnings. I’ve now changed it so it’s 5 times that. Thanks to Jarl Balgruuf for noticing the slow trickle of resources.

Plane Crash off Center

There’s been a few times where the low-flying plane would crash into the mountains and this seemed mostly due to it flying over the very center of the map each time it spawned. A few of you asked to have it more varied in its flight path too. Now there’s a fix to ensure the plane doesn’t spawn over the center of the map each time like it once did. Hopefully this gives more players a chance at it.

Flippin’ Cars

The vehicles have had a bunch of issues, but most glaringly is the fact that sometimes you can get stuck and screwed up if the car flips upside down! Well now, it will automatically eject players from the car when it goes upside down and there’s now a command (/flipcar) that you can use to flip an upside down car over!

Rust Leaving Early Access

It’s hard to believe it, but Facepunch has finally declared on February 8th they will be leaving early access, but what does this mean to you? There’s surely some things that will change. They suggest one of them won’t be staff dedicated to the game and cite the reasons for making the change that they finally can say for sure they know where they are going with the game lol Sure took them long enough to do that! Two main things stand out to me as major changes:

  • Game updates will be changed to once per month instead of once per week
  • The game price will increase from $19.99 to $34.99

Surely this will save time for server admin like me as I can say updating the server every week can be challenging. For you Bumfuzzlers, you should have a more stable game with more meaningful patches each month. At least, that’s my expectation 🙂 I could be wrong.

Thank you for all your support as usual. You guy and gals rock!

Offline Raids, Supers, Loots

Offline Raids, Supers, Loots

Bumfuzzlers, again, we’ve got lots to talk about! On the heels of all the recent changes, I have a new batch of modifications that I hope you like. Here we go!

Anti-Offline Raiding

I was going to wait on this, but DJRYFY put it in my ear and I figured maybe making changes before a wipe is better than waiting a week. With the new absence of ladders inside of building blocked zones, it’ll be harder to raid and even without that fact, I’ve been wanting to change the offline raiding for a while now. My goals were two-fold. 1) give less protection time and 2) make it easier to understand. So here’s what I came up with:

As always, once you sign off, protection will kick in 15 minutes from that time. Once it kicks in, it will initially go to 100% and decrease each hour by 10%. This will give you Bumfuzzlers some protection for up to 10 hours so you can go to work, eat your TV dinner and still have some bonus to spare! In the previous mode you’d have some protection up to 36 hours so this is a major change.

Here’s an example based on a sign off of 11:45pm:

  • 11:45pm you sign off
  • 12:00am 0-1 hours 100% protection
  • 1:00am 1-2 hours 90% protection
  • 2:00am 2-3 hours 80% protection
  • 3:00am 3-4 hours 70% protection
  • 4:00am 4-5 hours 60% protection
  • 5:00am 5-6 hours 50% protection
  • 6:00am 6-7 hours 40% protection
  • 7:00am 7-8 hours 30% protection
  • 8:00am 8-9 hours 20% protection
  • 9:00am 9-10 hours 10% protection
  • 10:00am protection has ended

SuperHeli Adjustments

To me it seems like some big ticket items – and a lot of them – are really easy to get. For instance, the Helicopter Refuel and Pilot Eject events are really easy to complete successfully. So I got to thinking it would be a good idea to start trimming around the edges a little. I didn’t adjust the loot in the crates, but I did adjust the crate amounts. For the Helicopter Refuel I cut the crates from 6 to 3 and for the Pilot Eject event I cut the crates from 3 to 1.

I also adjusted the SuperHeli to make it easier to take down in terms of health, but I adjusted it slightly in aggression. I cut the health in half (now 7,500), but increased speed by 25%, upped blunt damage 40, explosive damage 40, explosion radius from 5 to 7.5 and increased max rockets by 5. I did cut you Bumfuzzlers a break by adjusting the time between rockets from 0.35 seconds to 0.50 seconds 🙂

Loot Rarity

There were some items that I felt were a little off in terms of rarity. There were also some situations where items never even spawned out there in the world and I figure why not? Let’s do it. For the sake of discussion, keep in mind the rarity is on a scale of 0 to 5 like so:

  • Never Spawn = 0
  • Common = 1
  • Uncommon = 2
  • Rare = 3
  • Very Rare = 4

The following items never spawned:

  • bbq adjusted 0 > 1
  • fireplace adjusted 0 > 1
  • floor grill adjusted 0 > 1
  • floor ladder hatch adjusted 0 > 1
  • wooden box adjusted 0 > 1
  • large wooden box adjusted 0 > 3
  • flare adjusted 0 > 2
  • snowball adjusted 0 > 1
  • snowman adjusted 0 > 2
  • all Christmas tree and decorations adjusted 0 > 2

The following items I always thought were strangely set:

  • furnace adjusted 3 > 2
  • furnace large adjusted 1 > 3
  • code lock adjusted 3 > 2

The following were adjusted to make quests (/q) a little easier:

  • bleach 2 > 1
  • blood 2 > 1
  • glue 2 > 1
  • duct tape 2 > 1

Running Man Change

For the last few weeks I’ve been thinking this plugin gives players a free reward for sitting on their bums in their base trying to avoid someone from killing them. On the other hand, it gives them a reward for revealing their location since other players use it to find out where a players base is. Well, right now at least, I think this whole thing is a bad idea. I want players to be able to keep their bases secret, I want others to explore and I don’t want to give Bumfuzzlers rewards for sitting on their tookus.

So for now, I’ve disabled this plugin until I can consider adjustments.

Teleportation Adjustments

I’ve given everyone 10 more teleports. By default, Bumfuzzlers now get 30, Legitimate 32, Veteran 34, Allegiance 40 and VIP 50. This should help out getting around better!

SuperBradley Changes

The SuperBradley has for a long time despised the NPCs and felt the need to torture them with an endless barrage of relentless damage! It never really made sense to have the tank fire on what would most likely be his own team! Now, the Bradley will play nice with the NPCs and only hate you 🙂

I’ve also made some changes to the Bradley as well. The SuperBradley now respawns after 30 minutes, has a start health 500 higher, it’s turrets were adjusted to shoot 20 meters further and the speed was adjusted down 20%. Additionally, crates were adjusted down to 3 to match the SuperHeli.

Lifetime Packages

After some careful thought and a couple requests, I’ve added lifetime packages to the Bumfuzzler store. However, for now, I’ve only added this to the Warp Master, Blueprint Master,  Builder, Gather, Hunter & Raider packages. You’ll now find these packages available in 1 month, 2 month or lifetime varieties. I’ll consider expanding this to the other packages in the near future. Check out the store for more information!

I hope you like the adjustments and continue to have great fun! Stay tuned for fun things coming in February! (I hope. School starts again for me so I might be too optimistic lol)

Water, Stores Pilots & Kits!

Water, Stores Pilots & Kits!

Hello Bumfuzzlers! I need to make you aware of some recent changes to the server! As usual I’ve been toiling away at configuring the server to make the experience more enjoyable for you 🙂

Here’s a list of some changes, updates and informational tidbits for ya.

  • Metabolism – I’ve been trying to create a bearable, yet interesting balance of food and water requirements. It appears to me that in Rust you can run around forever without needing food or water much and I personally feel it should be more of an issue. So, over the last 2 weeks I’ve been fiddling with metabolism to ensure people are forced to eat and drink. TIP: You can fish in water with spears and fish is a great source of food and water 🙂
  • Bumfuzzler General Shops – I’ve taken the first stab at configuring stores where people can receive and trade resources of the basic types. They are positioned near either coast and can be seen easily using a craft-able map. Kudos to the players who took advantage of my initial lack of protection on them and raided them for resources lol You Bumfuzzlers! lol Thanks for DjRYFY who requested this.
  • Instant Research – Cowboy suggested the 10 second wait to research was a bit tedious so I accommodated him by making research instantaneous. Thanks to Cowboy for his suggestion.
  • Pilot Eject – I’ve added a new event called Pilot Eject where the SuperHeli malfunctions, the pilot ejects and some lucky player can look the pilot and the SuperHeli cargo.

  • Loyalty – I’m noticing some issues with loyalty were players are not added to the VIP groups as they’d expect. I suspect it might be due to players having symbols in their name, but I’m unsure. If you find your loyalty points don’t match your permissions to plugins, let me know.
  • Kit changes – I’m working on redesigning the kits and am making small changes as I go. Now certain kits will have longer cooldowns and will have a max number of uses per wipe. For instance, the build kit now has more items in it, but the cooldown is 1 day and you can only use it 3 times per wipe. The Trump and Hillary kits can only be used 3 times per wipe now.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and feedback. I’m so glad you’re all enjoying the server. Please contact me if there’s anything you need!